Senator Denise Batters (BA ‘91) and Dr. Katherine Owens (BA Hons ’98) are the recipients of the 2016 Campion College Alumni of Distinction awards, which will be presented tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the Regency Ballroom at the Hotel Saskatchewan.
Celebrating a Jesuit higher education that aims to graduate leaders of service, the Alumni of Distinction Awards are presented to Campion alumni and former students who demonstrate the Jesuit values and mission of the College in their professional and personal actions. Campion College is pleased to present this year’s Alumni of Distinction Awards to two individuals who exhibit the Jesuit value of Men and Women for Others in both their professional and personal lives.
A lifelong resident of Saskatchewan, Senator Denise Batters holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Campion College at the University of Regina, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Saskatchewan. She was admitted to the Saskatchewan Bar in 1995 and appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2008. She began her career in private practice before taking on the role of Chief of Staff to Saskatchewan’s Minister of Justice in 2007. Appointed to the Senate in January 2013, Ms. Batters took the opportunity for leadership in service of others. As a member of the Canadian Senate, she works hard to ensure that Canadian laws are fair and just, and takes into account the needs of marginalized groups, such as those suffering from mental illness. Beyond her profession, Senator Batters is a passionate spokesperson for mental health awareness and suicide prevention, and raises her voice to bring awareness to this cause whenever possible. In recognition of her work in this area, Ms. Batters received the 2015 Champion of Mental Health – in the Parliamentarian category, from The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health.
Dr. Katherine Owens holds Bachelor of Arts honours from Campion College at the University of Regina, and Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology from the University of Regina. She is a Senior Psychologist and the Director of Clinical Psychology Training with the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region, Chief Psychologist at the Mental Health Clinic, serves as an Adjunct Professor for the University of Regina and Clinical Lecturer at the University of Saskatchewan, and provides assessment and treatment through her private practice at CBI Physical Rehabilitation. Alongside her professional career, Dr. Owens gives of her time and talents to local and international communities, and was the first psychologist to the Canadian-based, volunteer organization Humanity First, which provides support to regions in the world where humanity struggles for the basic necessities of life.
Campion College is a Jesuit Catholic community of learning federated with the University of Regina. It provides a liberal arts education dedicated to the development of the whole person—intellectually, spiritually, socially—for service within society. Approximately 700 students at the University of Regina are enrolled through Campion College in the faculties of Arts, Science, and Media, Art, and Performance.